When Iskalo Development Corporation invited us to join them in redeveloping the Lord Amherst Hotel—a motor lodge with aspirations to become the Niagara Region’s leading boutique—they needed an approach that didn’t sacrifice creativity for efficiency.
With our branding, interior design and procurement expertise added to an already impressive team—including Greenwood Hospitality, Marriott and more—the name of the game was clear and efficient communication from the start. Engaging three of our teams to work in tandem was the ideal approach, allowing us to respond quickly and fluidly—saving time and money during design and installation in order to bring about a speedier and improved return on investment.
Every great hotel starts with a great story. We found ours at the Buffalo Niagra Heritage Village when we heard tales of Frank C. Reikart, a legendary local from the early 20th century whose hospitality, entrepreneurship and colorful personality gave us our muse. The brand personality of Reikart House captures its namesake’s notable grace and bubbly charisma. A musician, entertainer, inventor, barber, photographer and ice cream man, his multi-talented and affable nature translate into a hospitality experience peppered with unexpected moments of delight.
The interiors accentuate comfort with a touch of whimsy; elegant but approachable, the spaces exhibit the colonial revivalism of Duane Lyman’s original design while elevating Reikart House into a modern destination for locals and visitors. To perfectly integrate those classic and contemporary touches, we procured locally sourced furnishings that convey warmth with wink of fun.
Since opening, Reikart House has earned impressively high guest satisfaction scores and performance metrics, leading to it being named Marriott’s 2018 Hotel of the Year, Distinctive Premium.
The Vaudeville days of Frank, his wife Dolly and their monkey Jacko inspired Jazzboline, a local spot for ladies and gents to step right up and be astounded by culinary creativity.
Named for a banjo-like instrument of Frank’s invention—and the highlight of his performance—Jazzboline serves the perfect balance of invention and convention, flair without formality and thinking that’s way outside the (recipe) box.